Starting a foundation? Think ‘porcupine’

Thursday 20 December 2018

Today’s image of philanthropy highlights that starting a foundations might be easier than figuring out what to do with it:
“[S]tarting a family foundation is like catching a porcupine – first you throw a washtub over it and that gives you something to sit on while you figure out what to do next.”

Ike Leighty quoted in Foster, L. (2007, 2 February). How to give away your cash. FT. Retrieved from


Drawing on some of the findings from our ‘Images of Philanthropy’ Initiative, each entry in this accompanying blog series introduces one image that has been put forward in an academic or non-academic context to depict or characterise an aspect of philanthropy in its different forms and expressions.

For further information about the ‘Images of Philanthropy’ Initiative, please contact Dr Tobias Jung.

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